Manila Bay apparently now showing blue waters

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Too good to be true?

In the middle of the lockdowns, it seems that the once-murky and polluted waters of Manila Bay are turning blue.

Though we haven’t been along Manila Bay ourselves, the claims seem to be legit as a number of people living near MOA Seaside and the bay itself have shared videos and photos of a Manila Bay with blue waters.

However, this isn’t the first time that this happened as there have been previous reports of a similar ‘discoloration‘ way back in 2014, which had a negative effect on the surrounding fishes.

‘[The blue waters could be caused by] a bleaching agent, it can also be detergents or disinfectants,’ explained Manila Bay Coordinating Office director Engr. Noel Gaerlan.

 

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Albeit a possibly temporary occurrence, Manila Bay has experienced its fair share of conservation efforts in the past – notably the large-scale coastal clean-up last January 2019 comprised of over 5,000 volunteers collecting a whopping 11 truckloads of garbage.

Meanwhile, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy Cimatu stated in 2019 that the rehabilitation of Manila Bay will continue until 2022 until the bay is restored ‘to its former glory’.

Wonder when that’ll be

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